The 15 Best Romantic Japanese Anime Movies of All Time

Anime movies are heavily influenced by the culture which they come from. Anime films have become a cultural phenomenon in Japan and the rest of the world, with films like Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The following list includes some of the best anime movies that are romantic.

This list of the best romantic Japanese anime movies is a compilation of the most popular, critically acclaimed, and well-known titles.

01. Doukyuusei (Classmates)

The movie is about the relationship between two classmates – Narumi and Aoi. It is a school love story, but more importantly, it tells the story of friendship.

Narumi and Aoi are both members of the same high school’s track team. They get to know each other as teammates and friends during their time training together. They develop feelings for each other over time, but never confess to each other because they are too shy. Eventually, Narumi starts dating another girl from his class and Aoi starts dating another guy from her class.

The two friends continue to date their respective partners for a while before they decide to break up with them in order to be together with each other. In the end, Narumi and Aoi graduate from high school as classmates once again before getting married and having children.

02. From Up on Poppy Hill

Poppy Hill is a 2012 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki. The film is set in Yokohama, Japan in 1963 and centers on Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl who lives with her father and grandmother, and Shun Kazama, a transfer student from Tokyo who has come to live in the house next door.

The movie is about two teenagers Umi Matsuzaki and Shun Kazama who live in Yokohama. They are neighbors but they don’t know each other well because they are too shy to talk to each other. They are both trying to figure out their future and what they want to do with their lives.

One day, they find an old ship that was used during World War II and decide to fix it up together as a way to spend more time together.

Shun soon becomes more open and friendly, but it is more difficult for Umi since she thinks that she is not pretty enough to be a good match for the outgoing Shun. Over time, they learn that they have a lot of things in common and they start dating.

03. Movie Kimi no na wa (Your Name)

This is a Japanese movie that was released in 2016 and became an instant hit. It was later adapted into a manga series, which has been ranked #1 on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list.

The movie is about a girl named Mitsuha who lives in the fictional town of Itomori in Japan’s mountainous Hida region. One day, she wakes up to find herself inhabiting the body of Taki, a high school student from Tokyo.

After initially being confused about what happened, they realize that they have switched bodies due to some mysterious force that connects them across time and space.

04. Tamako Love Story

Tamako Love Story is a Japanese anime movie released in 2013. It is the first movie in the Tamako Market series, based on the manga of the same name. The story is about a girl named Tamako who lives in a fictional Japanese town that is undergoing modernization.

Tamako’s father runs a mochi (rice cake) shop, and her mother manages a traditional sweet shop. As an only daughter, she has to work hard to help her parents and keep up with her studies at school.

She meets friends along the way, including Mochizou, who she falls in love with, but there are many obstacles for them to overcome before their relationship can be realized.

05. Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish

Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish is a Japanese anime movie about a little girl who has to grow up quickly.

The movie begins with Josee’s mother getting married to a man from another country. Her mother is pregnant and she wants Josee to be able to speak English when they move away.

Josee’s father moves them away and her aunt comes over and teaches her English, but she has trouble adjusting. She is teased by her classmates for being different and doesn’t have any friends at school.

One day on the way home from school she sees an advertisement for a circus that is coming soon and decides to go with her aunt. There she meets another girl who speaks Japanese with her friend, so they start talking together in their native language…

06. A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice is a Japanese anime movie released in 2016. It follows the story of Shouya Ishida, a high school student who bullies Shouko Nishimiya, a deaf girl who transferred to his school.

As the bullying escalates, Shouko is forced to change schools and Shouya decides to go with her as he feels guilty for what he did. The movie shows their relationship as they grow up and how it changes over time.

A Silent Voice is one of the most important movies in recent times. It has been praised by critics for its portrayal of bullying and disabilities.

07. Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart)

The story is about a girl named Shizuku who is in her first year of high school in Japan. She has a knack for writing and reading, but she doesn’t know what to write about. One day, she goes to the library and finds a book that tells her to listen to what her heart says.

Shizuku’s best friend Seiji is always there for her when she needs him. He encourages her to follow the advice from the book and they start meeting up at the library after school everyday.

This leads Shizuku on an adventurous journey where she discovers new things about herself and learns more about what it means to be in love with someone else.

The movie Whisper of the Heart was released in 1995 by Studio Ghibli, which is one of Japan’s most popular and respected animation studios. It was directed by Yoshifumi Kondô, who later went onto direct such films as Howl’s Moving Castle, The Cat Returns and Arrietty.

08. Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words)

The Garden of Words is a 2013 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film follows the story of Takao Akizuki, a high school student in Tokyo who meets with a mysterious woman, Yukino Miyashita, every rainy afternoon at a public park near his school.

The movie starts with Takao Akizuki, a high school student in Tokyo who meets with a mysterious woman, Yukino Miyashita, every rainy afternoon at a public park near his school. They both have an interest in horticulture and they spend their time talking about various topics such as life and love. As the days pass by they start to know each other more and more.

09. Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light)

It is a romantic Japanese anime movie about the love between a young girl and a boy who lives in the woods.

The film has been praised for its beautiful animation, which was done by hand. It also has an emotional story line, which is based on a short story by Yuki Midorikawa.

10. KazeTachinu (The Wind Rises)

Set in 1930s Japan, the film tells the fictionalized story of Jiro Horikoshi, a young engineering apprentice who is tasked with designing a new fighter aircraft for the Empire of Japan. In order to do so he must first study in secret at night, building his own wind tunnel and examining old plans for World War I aircraft.

The film chronicles his struggles to balance his devotion to his country with his personal integrity as he follows his own idealistic approach to aircraft design.

When Jiro begins working on the first Japanese fighter, the He-100, he discovers that the plans were actually stolen from Schmitt’s patent.

After noticing this and realizing that there is nothing wrong with incorporating a competitor’s designs into its own, the Empire of Japan’s military takes an interest in Jiro’s work but it is not without its own conflicts.

11. Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Howl’s Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese anime movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on the novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones. The story follows an 18-year-old girl Sophie Hatter who becomes cursed by an evil witch and turned into an old woman.

The story starts with Sophie, who is living in a small town and works as a hat maker. One day, she wakes up to find herself transformed into an old woman and her house has been destroyed by a mysterious fire.

She sets off to find out why this happened to her and meets Howl, who is the most powerful wizard in the land. He agrees to help her if she takes care of his moving castle while he’s away fighting in a war.

12. Zutto Mae kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (I’ve Always Liked You)

Zutto Mae kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (I’ve Always Liked You) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime movie. This is a story about two high school students that fall in love.

The first half of the movie takes place during their high school days, and the second half takes place during their college days.

The movie was released on January 9, 2017 and the opening day it opened up with 1.6 million viewers, it then quickly rose to 2 million viewers.

The total number of tickets sold is 678,000. It was nominated for “Best Animated Feature Film” at the 90th Academy Awards and won the award for “Best Animated Feature Film” at the Japan Academy Prize.

13. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 romantic Japanese anime movie. It was directed by Mamoru Hosoda and is based on the novel of the same name, written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The film tells the story of a high school girl who gains the ability to travel through time and decides to use her new-found power to make her childhood friend fall in love with her.

The movie starts with Makoto Konno waking up late for school one morning. Her mother, frustrated with her daughter’s chronic tardiness, gives her a watch which has the ability to stop time.

Although Makoto doesn’t believe that it will work, she tries it out when she gets stuck in traffic and it does indeed stop time for everyone but herself.

She uses this power to get to school in time for class.At school, she is approached by a girl named Nao Tomori, who asks her to help out with her club’s upcoming sports festival.

Makoto agrees and soon becomes friends with Nao and her friends as well as the whole student body. Time goes by and the sports festival comes closer and closer, but Makoto realizes that she can’t go until she does something about her social standing.

She befriends a boy in her class, Kousuke, who agrees to help her out with the festival. Makoto asks him to do all the work and in return she’ll help him with his love life.

14. Weathering With You

The movie is about a boy who lost his father and was struggling to find a new way to live. His mother finally decided to move from the city to the countryside, where he can start a new life with his friends. The movie tells about their daily life, as well as their relationships with each other.

The story of Weathering With You is very different from other Japanese anime movies because it doesn’t have any fighting scenes or battles. It’s just about the lives of people who are trying to find happiness in their everyday lives.

15. Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second)

This anime is a romance movie set in the future. It follows a high school student who lives on an artificial satellite orbiting the Earth. The main character is a seventeen-year-old boy named Haru, who lives on this space station with his father and mother.

The movie was written by Yūko Kakihara, directed by Mamoru Oshii and produced by Studio Khara.

Haru has a friend on the ground called Shun, and they both go to school together via video chat. They are in love with each other but cannot be together because of the distance between them – so they decide to take their relationship to the next level and make a baby using artificial insemination!